SCOTUS backs EPA's right to regulate coal emissions

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency is within its rights to pass rules governing cross-state pollution caused by coal-fired power plants. The ruling strengthens the EPA's hand as it prepares to issue sweeping new rules governing greenhouse-gas emissions. "It's a big win for the EPA, and not just because it has to do with this rule," said Jody Freeman of Harvard's environmental law program. "It's the fact that it's setting the stage and creating momentum for what's to come."

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